In centuries past, the district of Castello was characterized by impressive production of ships at the Arsenal, the Republic’s immense shipyard, and by the presence of all the businesses and workplaces that related to it. Today, a portion of the Arsenal, is still used by the military, and therefore closed to the public. However, another large section has been donated to the Biennale Foundation and is accessible for viewing every two years during the famous art exhibition.
A walk in this neighborhood provides an overview of the history of the Venetian merchant and naval fleet, the latter once one of the greatest in the Western world. The Maritime Museum features faithful models of galleys, frigates and galleons; of special interest is the model of the Bucintoro, the gilded parade ship of the Doge.
Our walk finishes at the massive Gothic Dominican church of Santi Giovanni e Paolo, where the numerous burial monuments of captains, soldiers and doges remind us of all the lauded individuals who contributed to the development and expansion of the Venetian Republic.
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